Wednesday, August 21, 2013

FABtotum Personal Fabricator

 The FABtotum is a multipurpose open-source low cost personal fabricator (i.e. scan, 3D print, cut or mill).

Why Are American Health Care Costs So High?

Video Description: "In which John discusses the complicated reasons why the United States spends so much more on health care than any other country in the world, and along the way reveals some surprising information, including that Americans spend more of their tax dollars on public health care than people in Canada, the UK, or Australia. Who's at fault? Insurance companies? Drug companies? Malpractice lawyers? Hospitals? Or is it more complicated than a simple blame game? (Hint: It's that one.)"

Friday, August 16, 2013

Video: The Science of Invisibility

Video description: "Harry Potter and numerous sci-fi novels have glamorized the idea of a cloak of invisibility, but Duke engineering professor David R. Smith has come up with a blueprint for the real thing. His research on a prototype cloak was selected as one of the top-ten scientific breakthroughs of the year in 2006 by Science Magazine. In a live, "Office Hours" webcast interview February 23, 2012, Smith answers questions on the science of invisibility. Karl Bates, director of research communications at Duke, conducts the interview."

Video: Steve Ramirez and Xu Liu: A mouse. A laser beam. A manipulated memory.

Video description: "Can we edit the content of our memories? It's a sci-fi-tinged question that Steve Ramirez and Xu Liu are asking in their lab at MIT. Essentially, the pair shoot a laser beam into the brain of a living mouse to activate and manipulate its memory. In this unexpectedly amusing talk they share not only how, but -- more importantly -- why they do this. (Filmed at TEDxBoston.)"

Video: AMP (Robotic SciFi Short Film)

Video synopsis (from site): "10 years after leaving a war his father started, Quinn and Amp live in the slums selling illegal custom-tech just to afford the batteries that keep Amp alive.

When an old childhood friend tracks him down, Quinn is confronted with the dilemma of choosing to remain idle in a city run by the corrupt Coreley Corporation or finally finish the war he never wanted to be a part of."

Video: Life In Single Drop Of Pond Water

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Check out Google Maps Dr. Who Easter Egg

Its the TARDIS from the BBC Dr. Who television series.  Its tricky to access this Easter Egg, so you will have to follow the instructions below:
  • Go to the Google Maps street view (referred to as the Police Telephone Box, at Earl's Court Rd, London, Greater London SW5 9RB, United Kingdom)
  • Click on the double chevrons (they're circled in red in the picture)

  • You should now be inside the TARDIS, with a 360 degree view of it.

Video: The Innovation of Loneliness

Video: Star Wars - Speed Dating

Video: Welcome To Youtube! (How to become famous)

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Internet Easter Eggs

According to WikiPedia, an Easter Egg is: "an intentional inside joke, hidden message, or feature in a work such as a computer program, movie, book, or crossword. According to game designer Warren Robinett, the term was coined at Atari by personnel who were alerted to the presence of a secret message which had been hidden by Robinett in his already widely distributed game, Adventure. The name has been said to evoke the idea of a traditional Easter egg hunt."

Easter Eggs are not limited to applications, movies, etc.  Web sites have them too, some of the best and most documented ones that I have found are in Google and its related properties (such as: YouTube, etc).

I will admit that some of these are better then others, because some are real Easter Eggs while others are 'quasi' features (or something like that).


  • In the search field, type "fibonacci". (arranges the results in a tiled effect in accordance with the mathematical sequence)
  • In the search field, type "beam me up scotty". (the videos on the results page will be ‘beamed’ down)
  • Click on a blank part of the page and type "1980" to play Missile Command
  • Click on a blank part of the page and type "1337" to see all the comments in leetspeak.
  • In the search field, type "do the harlem shake" and press the search button.
  • Watch the "Swedish Chef makes Popcorn Shrimp (video)", turn on the CC (closed caption), then select "Swedish-Chef".  You will have to wait for it, it happens about the middle of the video.


  • In the search field, type "recursion" (this one is subtle)
  • In the search field, type "zerg rush".
  • In the search field, type "do a barrel roll".
  • In the search field, type "2*sqrt(-abs(abs(x)-1)*abs(3-abs(x))/((abs(x)-1)*(3-abs(x))))(1+abs(abs(x)-3)/(abs(x)-3))sqrt(1-(x/7)^2)+(5+0.97(abs(x-.5)+abs(x+.5))-3(abs(x-.75)+abs(x+.75)))(1+abs(1-abs(x))/(1-abs(x))),-3sqrt(1-(x/7)^2)sqrt(abs(abs(x)-4)/(abs(x)-4)),abs(x/2)-0.0913722(x^2)-3+sqrt(1-(abs(abs(x)-2)-1)^2),(2.71052+(1.5-.5abs(x))-1.35526sqrt(4-(abs(x)-1)^2))sqrt(abs(abs(x)-1)/(abs(x)-1))+0.9"
  • In the search field, type "askew" or "tilt" (look towards the top of the page)
  • In the search field, type "anagram" or "define anagram" (this one is subtle)
  • In the search field, type "binary" (this one is subtle)
  • In the search field, type "conway's game of life" (look to the right part of the screen)
  • In the search field, type "bacon number [actor's name]" (e.g. kevin bacon, which is equal to 0)
  • In the image search field, type "atari breakout"
  • Google in different languages:

Mozilla Firefox

  • Type "about:robots" in the address bar at the top of the browser window. (Bonus: do not press the button)
  • Type "about:mozilla" in the address bar at the top of the browser window.  (history/folklore: its supposed to be a response to a blue screen of death in Internet Explorer 5.5 when “about:mozilla” was typed. )
Google Chrome

  • Type "about:crash" in the address bar at the top of the browser window.  It's really nothing more then a crash page in Chrome, but did you know it was there?

  • Go to Easter Egg entry in the pictures of the rabbits click on the little thing that looks like a turtle in the lower right corner.
Note: All of these were tested at the time of the article, but over time some of the features may stop working or be removed.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

KickStarter: HOLHO - hologram generator for SMARTPHONE and TABLET

With this KickStarter project you can turn your smartphone or tablet into holographic player.

Introducing CarTube (YouTube for Your Car)

Is CarTube a good? "Asterisk" (note: you will have to watch the video to understand the reference).  Also CarTube retails for $2.7 million dollars and is not a real thing.

Star Wars Filibuster (Patton Oswalt's Rant Animated)

Nerdist's created an animated version of  Patton Oswalt's Star Wars Filibuster from Parks & Recreation?